With September coming to a close, I’m making the transition to fall beers. As I do every autumn, I began my exploration of this year’s fall seasonals with the Samuel Adams Harvest Collection, which includes:
- Boston Lager
- Irish Red
- Black Lager
- Harvest Pumpkin Ale
- Bonfire Rauchbier
The Bonfire Rauchbier is new to the Harvest Collection and is described as a dark, malty, smoked brew with deep caramel and toffee notes. I like smoked beer and this one has a nice smokey flavor, which was perfect for sipping by the campfire during a September weekend camping trip to Pennsylvania.
That said, I didn’t find the 2011 Harvest Collection to be a great 12-pack for a camping trip. Sure, the Boston Lager and Octoberfest are ideal session beers, but the Black Lager, Pumpkin Ale, and Rauchbier definitely are not. And I’m generally not a big fan of the usually unremarkable Red Ale style.
In both 2009 and 2010, the Sam Adams Harvest Collection included a Dunkelweizen, and I was disappointed to see it removed from the fall line-up in 2011. The Dunkel had been my favorite beer of Sam’s fall mixed 12-pack.
Bring back the Dunkel!